The new Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router is definitely the first router that comes with Qualcomm MU/EFX Wi-Fi technology equipped. With this kind of feature, the router promises an excellent performance for a crowded mixed network.
This router also has good Wi-Fi coverage and stable Wi-Fi signals. However, the best of all is that when Linksys is coupled with external hard drive, this device delivers network storage data rate by far the fastest to date among routers, and can be also compared with high-end dedicated NAS severs.
On the other side, the new EA8500’s networks storage feature doesn’t support Time Machine backup and the Wi-Fi performance on the 2.4GHz band is average. Unfortunately, this router comes with an expensive price and can be found on the market for 280 dollars.
At this price, the EA8500 is considered to be one of the most expensive routers available in sale. To be mentioned that Asus RT-AC68U comes at the price of 200 dollars and delivers similar Wi-Fi experience, but without great storage. Linksys EA8500 is perfect for homes with many clients of mixed Wi-Fi grades. Moreover, for clients who are looking for a quick solution to host media for local streaming and share data, this router is probably the best on the market.
As already mentioned, the Linksys EA8500 comes with a Qualcomm MU/EFX 802.11AC Wi-Fi chip, which features Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output, MU-MIMO technology. This router was designed to handle Wi-Fi bandwidth efficiently and is capable of delivering data rate to multiple connected users at a time.
However, this router also offers up to 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band and approximately 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. Linksys EA8500 homes a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, accompanied by 512MB DDR3 RAM memory and 128MB Flash storage. With these kind of specs, this router is probably the most powerful device on the market. It also features four Gigabit LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, one Gigabit WAN port and one USB2.0/eSATA combo port. As for the design, EA8500 looks very similar with the previous EA8350, which was released last October.